The quality and diversity of PMC’s professional loudspeaker range was a key reason why Eastcote Studios chose the brand’s monitors for its new Dolby Atmos music mixing room, its director Dyre Gormsen has said.
Housed in Eastcote’s Mastering studio, which has been completely revamped to accommodate the new system, the monitoring system incorporates PMC result6 speakers in an LCR formation and PMC Wafer2 monitors for the height and surround channels.
The system was supplied by HHB, which also supplied Crown amplifiers, a Pro Tools/MTRX Studio audio interface and a MARANTZ Dolby Atmos receiver for reference.
Grammy nominated sound engineer and producer Gormsen said: “I chose PMC monitors after visiting the company’s Dolby Atmos demo studio in London.
“I was looking into different monitoring solutions but felt that PMC speakers were the best option for my room. They seemed to be pretty much on the same page as I especially like the clarity of their monitors and the fact that they offer me an extremely precise reference point.”
Based in London’s Ladbroke Grove, Eastcote Studios has been a major landmark on the UK recording studio map for more than four decades.
Originally founded in the 1970s by Chaz Jankel from Ian Dury & The Blockheads and engineer Philip Bagenal, it is now owned by acclaimed producer and musician Martin Terefe,
Over the years, Eastcote Studios has played host to a diverse range of artists including Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, Depeche Mode, Placebo, Electrica, Neneh Cherry, Tricky, Seal, Suede and Massive Attack, who recorded their seminal album Blue Lines at the facility.
To accommodate this new way of mixing, Eastcote’s mastering studio was upgraded from a normal stereo setup to a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos system. The whole process took six months to complete, from initial planning to the final two weeks of building and installation.
“We decided to install the Atmos rig in the Mastering Room because it gives me the option to work both mix and mastering rig and the new Dolby rig together for perfect control,” Gormsen said.
“We worked closely with Dolby to ensure that the room fitted their Atmos specifications and it was a very exciting and eye opening project.
“Throughout the process, HHB was extremely helpful and offered plenty of advice and expertise on the technology behind Atmos. They were absolutely brilliant.
“PMC came in quite late during the design process but were extremely efficient and helpful in finding the right combination of speakers for my room. In general this whole project has been an extremely positive experience.”